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Delta Bridge Project completes conferences, moves to Phase II

Individual goal panels to meet independently

The Delta Bridge Project has completed its general conferences and Phase II has commenced with the goals committees meeting independently.

Joe Webb, chief operations officer at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center and the DBP steering committee chairman, says the project will only succeed with the concerted effort of the public at large.

“The community has been responsive,” Webb said last week at the Pinnacle. “We need the grassroots to come to the table.”

Joe Black, president of Southern Bancorp’s Capital Partners, told the audience last week that the Mississippi River should not be viewed as a boundary line. Southern Bancorp created its first Delta Bridge Project in Phillips County, Ark. six years ago.

“We’ve turned the corner in Helena-West Helena,” Black said. Both projects have been privately financed.

Lois McMurchy-Erwin, community development director at Southern Bancorp, was named the project director prior to its inaugural meeting last October.

The DBP’s five goals include economic development, education, healthcare, leadership and housing.

Because economic development is such a large undertaking, it has been divided into three subgroups – tourism, industry and infrastructure.

The naming of an infrastructure subgroup evolved out of  lengthy goals committee discussions.

Hugh Jack Stubbs, the retired Coahoma County administrator, told the panel Feb. 16 that the county needs an overall plan that addresses transportation.

The term intermodal transportation sprung forth during the discussion. The panelists cited the advantages of river travel along with trucks, rail and airline transportation.

Wayne Winter, chairman of the Coahoma County Tourism Commission, said the tourism group will meet  at 5:30 p.m., March 3rd at the Coahoma County Courthouse.

The housing panel will meet at 5:30 p.m., today at the S.L.A. Jones Activities Center.

The health panel will meet at the Allied Health Center, March 2nd at 5:30 p.m.

The leadership panel will meet 5:30 p.m. March 3rd at the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce.

The education committee will meet 1 p.m. March 3rd at Booker T. Washington Elementary School.

The general business panel will meet 5:30 March 3rd at the Carnegie Public Library conference room.

Larry E. Binz is a reporter for the Press Register and can be reached at 662-627-2201 or at  news@pressregister.com.

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